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Post  Snowcat on Tue Nov 18 2014, 22:13

As some of you know I bought a restoration project a while ago and but haven't been able to do much due to a lack of space, anyway Mrs Snowcat was good enough to sign off on a new workshop project but made the mistake of not outlining any perimeters regarding size etc and as I am unable to function correctly without direction got on with doing my own thing.

Below is the story so far...

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Firstly had to move the old shed (but not take it down yet) and prepare the ground and make shuttering for the 5 & 1/2 tonne of concrete to be poured. I was utilising the existing shed base as a starting point but it had to be trimmed to fit.... It was 8" thick and a pig of a job.

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Once the concrete was poured, tamped & set work commenced on the framework. All 4" x 2" tanalised timber.

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It wasn't until the roof went on that I started to physically realise the dimensions of the monster I was creating...

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Wall cladding going on, went for Olive Green plastisol coated to try and maintain a gardeny type feel to it, no way back now!!

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And then the 12mm marine grade plywood roof cladding before my favourite bit...

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Anthracite coloured plastisol coated steel tile effect sheet, it looks the business, really pleased with the effect, plus it's all maintenance free.

I've also hand made the door and am just putting the finishing touches to it with trimming and flashing before starting on the inside. It's going to be completely insulated, powered, alarmed and even a laminate floor is going in to save my poorly old man knees on a cold concrete floor. In total the internal size is 4mtr x 3mtr and it is almost 4mtr high so just within planning regs (phew)!!

Really proud of what I've accomplished considering I've done absolutely all of it on my own with no actual previous experience apart from a basic knowledge of angles (hypotenuses was not my friend hence the roof being half a metre higher than designed) the only assistance being from my very patient wife fetching, carrying and holding things plus keeping me fed and hydrated and tolerating my strops when things went wrong, whilst I have been splashing out on toys and treats for the workshop including a bench grinder and pillar drill my wife has surprised me again... She is splashing out on a joint birthday and Christmas pressie... A hydraulic motorcycle ramp!! Ta daa!!

Let the restoration of the RGV commence in earnest in the new year.
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Post  Eddie990 on Wed Nov 19 2014, 08:13

That look fantastic Steve, fancy coming and helping me build my shed next......

4 x 3 is a good size but I'll bet you soon fill it, I've got double garages and I still don't have enough space! ;-)

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Post  yamahamad on Wed Nov 19 2014, 20:21

Excellent work, looks great.
Looking forward to the Rgv restoration thread.

Paul
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Post  Rosco on Thu Nov 20 2014, 11:36

Looking good Steve.

I think this will this help you for any future roof calculations.....

Three Indian women are sitting around in their tipi, just shooting the breeze. The first woman points to the hide she's sitting on and says, "See this hide? My son killed this bear with his own two hands. It's worth quite a bit." The second woman nods, and points to the hide she's sitting on. "This is a bear hide, too, and MY son killed it with his own hands as well. I imagine it's worth at least as much as yours."
Finally, the third, and oldest, woman speaks up. "See this hide?" she cackles. "This is a hippopatamus hide! I killed this hippo with MY own two hands, and it's worth easily what both those bear hides are worth together."

And of course, the moral of the story is:
The squaw on the hippopatamus is equal to the sons of the squaws on the other two hides.


I think I'd better hide now.

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Post  MrNutt on Thu Nov 20 2014, 16:24

cracking project and results there for you steve!

enjoy using it now its built!
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Post  FatCat on Fri Nov 21 2014, 13:18

Nice work, I'm not jealous...  Thumb
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Post  Radar on Fri Nov 21 2014, 23:13

Top Man cave! Looking forward to the RD/RGV 2 stroke outing next summer!
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Post  Snowcat on Sat Nov 22 2014, 01:04

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Top Man cave! Looking forward to the RD/RGV 2 stroke outing next summer!
Going to be epic Anthony I am so looking forward to getting amongst the spanners, spent way to much time p*$$ing about with concrete, wood and heights.... Time to get back to what I know deal
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Post  Radar on Sat Nov 22 2014, 20:50

I dug my way back to the RD today, it is the back corner of the garage, but didn't make any progress!
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Post  Snowcat on Wed Dec 10 2014, 21:13

Just a little update, outside virtually finished
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Door is on, (obviously), the electrics in and it is basically watertight, also kind wifey has bought me the bike lift/ramp as a joint chrissy and birthday pressie, that's in there and awaiting putting together on Christmas Day. With a bit of luck the bikes etc will be moving in between chrissy and new year and the resto will begin in January.

Hope to get her road ready by BC but TOL is the goal for 2 stroke fun and frolics with Radar on the RD.
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Post  robertcains on Wed Dec 10 2014, 22:24

Might need to dig the Exup out again if we are going retro!
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Post  Radar on Wed Dec 10 2014, 23:37

Sounds good chaps!
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Post  Snowcat on Sat Jan 17 2015, 20:17

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:That look fantastic Steve, fancy coming and helping me build my shed next......

4 x 3 is a good size but I'll bet you soon fill it, I've got double garages and I still don't have enough space! ;-)
When we starting on the shed Chris??
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Post  Eddie990 on Sun Jan 18 2015, 15:17

Soon :-)

Landscapers are coming in March and amongst other things they'll be laying the base for the new shed. The aim is to get all lawnmowers, bikes, rakes, chairs etc out of the garage and start kitting it out as a proper workshop.

Hows it going with yours? Much pottering going on in there yet?

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Post  Snowcat on Mon Jan 19 2015, 07:29

Not a lot of anything going on in there, everything is in but it became a rush job when we found out the old shed was letting in moisture badly so we had to get everything out quickly. Bikes are now both buried until I can get in there and properly sort it.
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Post  OhJay on Mon Jan 19 2015, 09:30

Looking good. Need to see pics of the inside when it's fit for bike restoration shed.

You want to watch yourself offering assistance like that, there's an excellent spot for a bike garage at the new house but needs a roof putting over it, if you're going to be offering help to all and sundry and saying you need more practice with angles and roofing we might just find you some Wink
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Post  Digger1981 on Thu Mar 05 2015, 20:17

Great thread, mancave looks great and love that you are restoring an RGV! Its always nice when you do something out of the norm and it works out.

This was my effort to reroof my asbestos-wood-clad-garage-cum-shed on a very hot day in July last year. I feel your pain.

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Post  0ldcat on Thu Mar 05 2015, 20:45

If you are up loading from a mobile device, I seem to remember someone mentioning 'auto-rotate' getting in the way. But don't ask me. . . it's all Chinese as far as I'm concerned pmsl
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